A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme
Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)
Our recent consultation highlighted clearly that tolling was not supported by the majority of community and stakeholder respondents.
The government has listened carefully to the views and opinions expressed and asked us to re-examine the business case for tolling this scheme. As a result, ministers confirmed in the 2013 Autumn Statement and in the new National Infrastructure Plan 2013 that plans to toll the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme would not go forward.
Local authority and local enterprise partnership contributions to the scheme are unaffected by the decision not to toll and remain an important consideration in the overall funding model for the A14 scheme.
We have been working on proposals for improving the A14 around Cambridge and Huntingdon and have developed a proposed scheme that we feel is best able to meet both strategic and local needs on this route.
This proposed scheme, together with six other options, was presented for comment through the public consultation held in September and October 2013.
Nearly 1,400 responses were received from individuals, local authorities, businesses and interest groups and there was considerable press interest in the scheme. Thank you to all of you who contributed your views.
- View our consultation report
- describes how we undertook the consultation
- summarises the feedback received
- explains how this will be considered in taking the scheme forward
An executive summary of this report is also available.
Over the coming weeks and months we will:
- develop the design further, taking into account the consultation feedback
- announce a Preferred Route for the scheme in early 2014 (originally planned for late 2013, but we have allowed more time to consider the responses to the consultation)
- develop our plans for formal submission to the Planning Inspectorate
- apply for a Development Consent Order in Autumn 2014
- continue surveys of the local environment
- develop and enhance our traffic model
We will continue discussions with statutory stakeholders and other key groups about the development, seeking their guidance on the scope of assessments and work going forward to support our application.
We will also continue our conversation with the local community about the potential impacts of the road and, throughout 2014, we will share updates on our progress online and by attending community forums and events.
What is happening?
We plan to improve the A14 trunk road between Cambridge and Huntingdon. Our proposals include:
- A new dual carriageway southern bypass around Huntingdon extending from the A14 at Ellington to a new junction at Swavesey and extends to the Milton junction on the Cambridge Northern Bypass. Tolls would only apply on this new section of road
- Widening the A1 between Alconbury to a new junction south west of Brampton
- Widening the existing A14 between the proposed junction at Swavesey to Girton
- Improving the Girton junction
- Widening the Cambridge Northern Bypass between Histon and Milton
- Detrunking the existing A14 through Huntingdon and demolishing the road viaduct
We recently held a consultation to see what people thought of our proposals for this scheme. Based on outcome of this consultation, we hope to announce our official "Preferred Route" in late 2013. This will protect the route against other forms of development while further design work is undertaken in 2014.
Should you have concerns about the impact on your property or land, details about the claims process are available.
When and where is this happening?
We are planning to start work at the end of 2016 and complete construction in 3 to 4 years.
The proposed scheme starts at Ellington, on the existing A14 to the west of Huntingdon, and extends to the Milton junction on the Cambridge Northern Bypass.
Why is this happening and what will it cost?
The existing A14 trunk road between Cambridge and Huntingdon is well known for congestion and delays
- Almost 85,000 vehicles use this stretch of the A14 every day; significantly more than the level originally designed for
- Around quarter of this is heavy goods vehicles - well above the national average for this type of road
The Government has made a provision for £1.5 billion of capital investment to this scheme. A combination of Central Government local authority Local Enterprise Partnership funding and tolls will meet a substantial proportion of the cost.
How will the scheme be carried out?
We are working in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council, the Cambridge and Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and other local authorities in the region to develop this scheme.
- Develop our proposals
- Undertake further stages of community and local authority consultation during 2014
- Submit a Development Consent Order once proposals for the scheme are finalised
The Planning Inspectorate will then:
- Carry out a detailed examination of the proposal over a six month period
- Report to Government, who will then decide whether the scheme will go ahead
What are the benefits?
The proposals for the A14 will:
- relieve traffic
- encourage economic growth
- connect communities
- improve the environment
- improve safety
- reduce driver stress
- improve journey time reliability
- create a positive legacy for the region
How do I find out more information ?
More information will be posted on this project page as it becomes available. You can subscribe to be alerted when updates are made.
If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0300 123 5000.
We held an informal consultation to help gather views from the public and interested organisations regarding the proposed route option. This closed on Sunday 13 October.
You can still read through the full proposals, prospectus (technical review of options) and history of the route, along with the final consultation report. While the consultation has closed, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us via A14CambridgetoHuntingdon@highways.gsi.gov.uk.
In 2001 the government commissioned the Cambridge to Huntingdon Multi-Modal Study (CHUMMS). The study examined a range of options to address transport problems in the area and recommended improvements in public transport – including the development of a guided bus-way – together with a series of measures to constrain traffic movements in Cambridge city centre and in some of the surrounding villages. These recommendations have now all been implemented.
The study also recommended improvements to the A14 trunk road to provide additional capacity and to relieve traffic congestion.
Proposals were drawn up for an extensive improvement scheme, extending from Ellington (to the west of Huntingdon) to Fen Ditton (to the east of Cambridge) but these were subsequently dropped in 2010 following the government's Comprehensive Spending Review.
However, the need for improvement on the A14 remained and the Department for Transport commissioned a 12-month study in 2011 to examine other options, including rail-freight and public transport improvements.
Six viable highway packages also emerged from the study and these were evaluated against traffic, economic, environmental and social criteria.
The A14 study concluded, in 2012, that Options 3 and 5 offered the best overall solutions and provided the best value for money. Option 3 offered the best route around Huntingdon and enabled the A14 to be de-trunked through the town. Option 5 included the most effective solution for dealing with local traffic between Huntingdon and Cambridge.
The final stage in the A14 study was to consider the suitability of these highway packages for tolling and how elements of the various options could be combined in different ways to provide the optimum solution.
The proposed option and six highway packages are illustrated below and your views are sought on the benefits and impacts of these to travellers, to the community, and to local businesses.
The Highways Agency has carried out further assessment of the six highway packages to develop a single scheme which combines elements of Options 3 and 5 in what it considers to be the most effective way.
The assessment has been carried out as four elements, to identify the best solution for:
- the Huntingdon Southern Bypass, from Ellington to Swavesey, and the A1 trunk road between Brampton and Alconbury
- the on-line section of the existing A14 between Swavesey and Girton, together with a new parallel route for local traffic
- the link between the A14, M11 motorway, the A428 and Huntingdon Road at Girton; and
- the Cambridge Northern Bypass between Girton and Milton
This has involved a value-engineering exercise, which has helped the Highways Agency to identify technical solutions that can provide a similar level of benefits at a lower capital cost.
The result of this assessment is the scheme layout described below. The Highways Agency now needs to understand the opinions and preferences of the public and other stakeholders in relation to this proposal.
In the figure below the proposed route is shown over a map of the area in order to assist in understanding its position relative to settlements and existing roads.
Huntingdon Southern Bypass
The Highways Agency is proposing a new dual carriageway southern bypass around Huntingdon, extending from the A14 at Ellington to a new junction at Swavesey. Limited movement junctions would be provided at Brampton and Godmanchester. Between Ellington and Brampton a dual carriageway with two lanes in each direction is proposed; from Brampton to Swavesey this increases to three lanes in each direction. The carriageway widths have been determined by looking at predicted traffic volumes more than a decade after opening.
It is proposed that tolls will be introduced on this section of road and will apply to all vehicles travelling on any part of the route between Ellington and Swavesey.
The Highways Agency is also proposing to widen the A1 to three lanes in each direction between Alconbury and a new junction to the south-west of Brampton in order to provide extra capacity for traffic moving between the A1 and the new Huntingdon Southern Bypass. There will be no tolls on the A1 trunk road.
The existing A14 will be de-trunked through Huntingdon and the road viaduct over the mainline railway will be demolished. An existing through-route for local traffic will be maintained via Brampton Road. This allows a number of environmental improvements to be made in Huntingdon and will result in a significant improvement in air quality close to the old A14 route.
The local authorities in Huntingdon are keen to exploit the wider social and economic benefits of de-trunking the A14 through the town.
A14 Online Improvement
The solution proposed between Swavesey junction and Girton involves widening the existing A14 to dual three-lane carriageway as far east as Bar Hill and then increasing to dual four-lane carriageway from Bar Hill to Girton.
New, improved junctions will be constructed at Swavesey and Bar Hill to maintain access to and from the A14 and to link with a new single carriageway local access road which will run alongside the A14 from Fen Drayton to Girton.
Existing access to the A14 at Dry Drayton would no longer be needed and would be closed.
The Agency considered options for tolling the whole length between Fen Drayton and Girton and for constructing a dual-carriageway local access road alongside the A14, but these were not taken forward because they were considered too expensive and because tolling would result in high traffic levels on the local access road.
Girton junction is a complex and heavily-trafficked intersection between a motorway, two A-roads, and an arterial route into Cambridge. Over a dozen alternative schemes were considered for improving this junction, aiming to maximise the flow of traffic between the roads while addressing issues of affordability, safety, environmental impact, and traffic demand in the chosen solution.
The proposed solution maintains all the principal traffic movements through the junction and in particular improves traffic flows from east to west on the A14. It also improves merges between major roads to reduce queuing and delays and to improve safety.
Local traffic into and out of Cambridge will continue to use Huntingdon Road, which will connect to the new local access road and westwards to Bar Hill.
Cambridge Northern Bypass
The proposed scheme involves widening the section of Cambridge Northern Bypass between Histon and Milton to dual three-lane carriageway, together with the improvement of Histon and Milton junctions to provide improved capacity and to reduce queuing back onto the bypass.
A separate Highways Agency scheme to widen Cambridge Northern Bypass to dual three-lane carriageway between Girton and Histon has already been approved for construction and is expected to start in early 2014.
Consideration will be given to schemes for improving the A14 east of Milton junction as part of the Highways Agency's ongoing A14 Route-Based Strategy studies that include the A14.
The enhancements to the Cambridge Northern Bypass will help to regulate traffic flow better and to eliminate existing congestion making the road safer. Journey planning will be more reliable and predictable. These improvements will also serve the rapidly expanding residential and commercial development in the northern fringe of the city, helping to preserve the reputation that Cambridge has for innovation and growth.
|Option 1||Improvement of Cambridge Northern Bypass, enhancement of Girton junction, and the provision of local access roads between Girton and Trinity Foot. Retention of the existing A14 trunk road between Trinity Foot and Ellington.||This option was not taken forward because it offered lower journey time savings than others, did not resolve many of the transport problems in the A14 corridor, did not achieve environmental benefits in Huntingdon and did not support plans for development on the western side of Huntingdon.|
|Option 2||No improvement of Cambridge Northern Bypass, limited enhancement of Girton junction, online widening and new junctions between Trinity Foot and Girton. Construction of a D3AP Huntingdon Southern Bypass between Trinity Foot and Ellington with an A1 junction at Brampton. De-trunking of bypassed sections of A14 and removal of the A14 viaduct across the East Coast Mainline.||This option was not taken forward because it did not resolve congestion and safety issues on the Cambridge Northern Bypass, did not provide adequate resilience in the event of accidents and breakdowns, did not support development on the northern and eastern fringes of Cambridge and offered lower value for money than other options.|
|Option 3||Improvement of the Cambridge Northern Bypass, limited enhancement of Girton junction, online widening and new junctions between Trinity Foot and Girton. Construction of a D3AP Huntingdon Southern Bypass between Trinity Foot and Ellington with an A1 junction at Brampton. De-trunking of bypassed sections of A14 and removal of the the A14 viaduct across the East Coast Mainline.||This option had some merit and had elements that warranted further consideration. But the option maintained existing side-road and property accesses onto the A14, with resulting safety and congestion impacts. It resulted in higher vehicle emissions than options with local access roads and did not provide resilience in case of accidents and breakdowns.|
|Option 4||Improvement of the Cambridge Northern Bypass, limited enhancement of Girton junction, online widening and new junctions between Trinity Foot and Girton. Construction of a D2AP Huntingdon Southern Bypass between Trinity Foot and Ellington (no junction with the A1). Existing A14 past Huntingdon retained.||This option was not taken forward because it retained accesses onto the A14, with resulting impacts on safety and congestion. It did not achieve the benefits of removing the A14 viaduct over the mainline railway in Huntingdon and did not support aspirations for development on the western side of Huntingdon.|
|Option 5||Improvement of Cambridge Northern Bypass, full enhancement of Girton junction, online widening and new junctions between Trinity Foot and Girton, together with new local access road. Construction of D2AP Huntingdon Southern Bypass between Trinity Foot and Ellington (no junction with A1). Existing A14 past Huntingdon retained.||This option had some merit and had elements that warranted further consideration. But the option did not achieve the local benefits of removing the A14 viaduct over the mainline railway and did not support aspirations for development on the western side of Huntingdon.|
|Option 6||Improvement of the Cambridge Northern Bypass, enhancement of Girton junction to enable free flow to A428. A428 widening to D4AP between Girton and Caxton Gibbet. A1198 widened to a D3AP north of Caxton Gibbet to the intersection with a D2AP Huntingdon Southern Bypass which continues west to Ellington with a junction onto A1 at Brampton. Existing A14 de-trunked between Girton and A1/A1(M).||This option was not taken forward because it offered lower journey time savings than most other options and would not resolve many of the transport problems in the A14 corridor. It generated the highest levels of vehicle emissions of all the options and offered the lowest value for money.|
|Government cancels Ellington Fen Ditton Scheme||2010|
|Department for Transport commissions detailed study of options for A14 between Ellington (near Huntingdon) and the Cambridge Northern Bypass||2011/12|
|Government announces A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme will enter the Road Programme as a tolled scheme||July 2012|
|Government announces a fast track delivery programme for this scheme||June 2013|
|Scheme Options Consultation||September 2013|
|Preferred Route Announcement||Early 2014|
|Pre-Application Consultation||Spring/Summer 2014|
|Development Consent Order Application||Late 2014|
|Development Consent Order Examination||Spring/Summer 2015|
|Secretry of State Decision||Late 2015/Early 2016|
|Start of Works||Late 2016|
|Open to Traffic||2019/20|
The following consultation documents are available on the consultation web page on GOV.UK:
- Public consultation report - executive summary
- Public consultation report
- Technical review of options
- Public consultation
Location plan of the public exhibitions for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement scheme.
Scheme plan for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.